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Number of houses planned for Wellingborough increased

Business leaders in Northamptonshire have welcomed a council plan to increase the target number for new houses.

Proposals have been put forward that could see up to 380 new homes built every year, for the next 25 years, in the Wellingborough area.

Previous plans for 300 homes a year had been criticised by the town's chamber of commerce.

Civic chiefs hope the revised proposals will spark economic growth.

The chamber of commerce had wanted 410 homes a year to be built over the period, arguing it was crucial in enticing new employers.

Now Wellingborough Council leader Paul Bell and chamber of commerce president Alan Piggot have agreed to meet on a regular basis.

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